Making the final shot at the big game? Giving a big presentation at work? Waiting to see if you landed that new account? We all know what it is like to be under pressure. And although they mostly go unrecognized and unappreciated, there are two parts that, day in and day out, always works under pressure: your feet.

And while generally, our feet do a great job of getting us from place to place, there are times when the pressure becomes too much, literally. We put a lot of miles on our feet and upkeep is required. So when your “check engine” sensor goes off, in the form of foot pain, make sure to pay attention and give your “wheels” the tune-up they need.

While foot pain is often remedied with home treatments, there are times when the pain gets to be too much. Sometimes our schedules don’t allow for the rest and time that healing requires. And as our feet reliably plow through the mild pain, the damage can get worse. Seeking help early from a doctor when you experience long-lasting or worsening pain can help prevent further injury and complications. You should call the doctor if you show signs of swelling without improvement, pain that lasts after several weeks, or burning, numbing, or tingling sensations.

Instead of thinking about “the foot” as one part, to understand pain it is more helpful to think about the foot as a team of multiple parts. The foot is actually a team of bones, tendons, muscles, and ligaments that all work together. When one of these players is out of alignment, it can drag the rest of the team down, leading to more injury and pain. Because there are so many moving parts involved in a foot’s job, there are many different ways things can go wrong. And when things go wrong, the pain let’s you know it is time to seek help. The experts at Physician Partners of America are available to discern the source of your problem. With unmatched experience and knowledge, our physicians have the comprehensive training to address a variety of conditions that may be impacting your foot health.